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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Great Recession Roundup — January 6, 2009

Items of Interest:

Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
Robots, Not Roads -- The Obama stimulus package should be spent on transformative investments, not bridges and buildings. …

Dana Goldstein / American Prospect: SPITZER: ROBOTS FTW!
Marion Maneker / The Big Picture: Spitzer Stimulates Us
Bernard L. Madoff, right, leaving Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday, January 5, 2008
Bernie Madoff (r) leaving Federal Court Monday

Bernie's Ponzi:
Hedge Funds on hot seat:
Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up:
Headline of the Day: “We’re Firing 5,000 Workers So We Can Make a Stupid Acquisition” --
Tuesday, January 6, 2008: Dow Chemical admitted today that roughly 5,000 workers are being laid off in order to help pay the cost of acquiring Rohm & Haas at a price that makes no economic sense…
Automarker bailout / crap shoot:
Real Estate Still in Downdraft

Pending home sales sink to 7-year low -- The number of homes under contract to be sold dipped 4% in November, amid mounting job losses and weak consumer confidence.

The number of homes under contract to be sold fell 4% in November, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Pending Home Sales Index fell 4% to 82.3 for the month of November, to its lowest level since the series began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). That's a drop from a downwardly revised reading of 85.7 in the month of October....
Paul Kedrosky: Admissions of Spin at the NAR

Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia